Cyclone Amphan has wreaked havoc on Wednesday night on life, property and crops in Bangladesh and West Bengal of India. Its impacts on the country’s coastal regions have been devastating as a large part of the low-lying areas have been inundated by the high storm surge. The cyclone has pounded the coastal districts of Satkhira, Jashore, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalokathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola and Barishal, including NijhumDwip and Hatiya, uprooting trees, knocking down power poles and damaging houses. At least 17 people have been killed in eight districts. The administration has already received a preliminary estimate of about Tk 11 billion loss.
As usual, the Prime Minister is resolute to tackle the situation. She has already issued necessary directives to the authorities concerned for taking prompt measures to provide money and relief materials to them from Thursday. As she has been personally monitoring the situation round-the-clock, we may hope that no stone would be left unturned to help those affected by the devastating cyclone.All the district and upazila officials have been asked to work in coordination with the ministries and organisations concerned to mitigate the sufferings of the affected people. The PMO secretary and directors in coordination with the DCs of the affected districts have in the meantime started working to estimate the damages caused by the cyclone. As per directive of the Premier, the officials of the PMO will remain active during the Eid holidays.
As all freshwater sources, including tube-wells, have been inundated in the affected areas, the administration’s main task will be to ensure safe drinking water for the cyclone-hit people. Moreover, the damaged coastal embankments should be repaired on an urgent basis. Another major task ahead is immediate screening of the evacuated people and those with symptoms should be isolated at once. Under the able guidance of the PM, the administration will hopefully be able to tackle the post-cyclone situation. In this challenging hour, the entire nation stands in solidarity with the people of the disaster-hit areas.